News Story


Overdue Hiker Found Alive
7/31/2017 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Overdue Hiker Found Alive



Mt. Pinos


Date & Time:

July 31, 2017, 9:00 am


Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office / Kern County Sheriff's Office / San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office / Orange County Sheriff's Office / Ojai Police / Fillmore Police / Ventura County Sheriff's Search and Rescue


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Party), (D)ecdent          City of Residence                           Age


Lisa Mathiasen                                                      Bakersfield                                        77








An extensive air and ground search of the Mt. Pinos area for a hiker reported missing on Saturday night concluded this morning at 9:00 am with a Search and Rescue team finding Lisa Mathiasen alive!


A three person Ventura County Sheriff's, Fillmore Mountain Rescue Team navigated steep slopes and cliffs on the north side of Mt. Pinos when they were able to make verbal contact with Ms. Mathiasen.  Ms. Mathiasen had fallen down the cliff and taken shelter in a ravine.  When the rescuers contacted Ms. Mathiasen they immediately provided first aid and stabilized her on the hillside.  Ms. Mathiasen had suffered injuries from her fall and was dehydrated, but coherent.  Two members of the search and rescue team stayed with Ms. Mathiasen while the third climbed out the canyon to establish radio contact to summon additional rescuers. 


A Ventura County Sheriff's helicopter responded and hoisted both Ms. Mathiasen and the rescuers out of the canyon.  Ms. Mathiasen was taken to a local area hospital where she is listed in stable condition.



Prepared by:

Captain Garo Kuredjian

News Release Date:


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Garo Kuredjian, 805-797-6322


Approved by:

Commander Tim Hagel